The pioneering Hong Kong New Wave auteur Yim Ho (Homecoming, Red Desert) returns to filmmaking with a sweeping social-historical drama set against the backdrop of the British- colonized harbour that is still known today, appropriately, as “the Floating Village”. Inspired by the life stories of two fishermen Yim met two years ago, Floating City is the story of a half- British, half-Chinese orphan name Bo Wah-Chuen (Aaron Kwok), as he rises from his bereft childhood on a Chinese fishing boat through the ranks of the notorious Imperial East India trading company. Grappling to define his own identity, Bo is forced to confront the realities of prejudice from class disparities and his conflicted devotion to his modest boat wife (Charlie Yeung) and his western-educated and cosmopolitan colleague (Annie Liu).
Reuniting two of Hong Kong’s veterans from After This Our Exile (Reel Asian 2006 Opening Night film), Floating City sees Aaron Kwok and Charlie Yeung reignite the screen with their indelible chemistry. Through the characters’ moments of suffering and loss, Floating City paints a deeply intimate and nostalgic portrayal of Hong Kong’s journey from a fishing village into the metropolitan city it is today. Often narrated by the character’s own voice, Bo’s story captures moments of social and political tumult in his surrounding world–creating a fascinating document of an often not looked at part of this island’s history.